Friday, 11 March 2011


Not as grand as many of the colleges in Oxford Blackfriars Priory is a community of more than twenty Dominican friars living a common life of prayer, study, and preaching in the centre of Oxford. They are members of the Order of Preachers with a history stretching back nearly 800 years. The friars are known as 'Dominicans' after their founder, St Dominic. In the Middle Ages were known as 'Black Friars' after their black cappa or cloak which they wear over their white habits.DSCF2169Close-up of the statue of 'Our Lady above the entrance' . S'funny that I always thought the 'Our Lady' statues had much more religious connotation in the names such as Our Lady of the Devine Spirit, something like that, Our Lady over the door seem so – well so not the 'Mother of the Son of God', but what do I know, me a fully paid up card carrying heathen!DSCF2168

Sunday, 19 September 2010


An unimposing entrance graces RUSKIN COLLEGE but the boss above the door is good. This is where I will be doing my degree starting this year. Wish me luck.

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Thursday, 16 September 2010


This is the front entrance to WORCESTER COLLEGE


Through the portal is the quad.


In the process of being cut.

Monday, 22 February 2010

Experimental Psychology


This is the front door to the Experimental Psychology Department. It must be the most uninspiring portal in Oxford. The whole building is an architectural eyesore. Who ever got paid for this abomination must have been a master of flim flam.

Sunday, 7 February 2010

Sandwich shop

This alley beside a sandwich shop leads to the courtyard below, Whilst not a seat of learning I think many a learned seat may have sat here and a great many things learned.DSCF2460


Tuesday, 5 January 2010


Not named after that well known footballer and pundit Gary. Founded in 1962, the College named after Thomas Linacre (c.1460-1524) who was a distinguished humanist, medical scientist and classicist whose accomplishments established him as one of the great scholars of his time.

Linacre College stands at the end of South Parks Road as the first, or is it the last building on St Cross Road as you travel along from Parks Road. A ‘red brick’ (modern) college. Such colleges were often maligned by the intelligencia of the University of Oxford.

This portal is very much in a ‘ministry’ style. It reminds me of Station headquarters often seen on military bases.

"Linacre is a graduate College of the University of Oxford - wholly interdisciplinary and international in its student body, academically rigorous and environmentally aware in its ethos, and a genuine community of intellectual and social equals. . . . . . ", Paul Slack, Principle.

This college is good at big words.

Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Still at Rhodes

This door, to the right of the main portico, while allowing entrance to the building is merely for those that stay only short periods, minutes in fact. Tradesmen's entrance.

DSCF2234This sign obviously not original or they would have got it on straight.DSCF2237 Not sure about the placement of the apostrophes.

Monday, 21 December 2009

Rhodes House

The forward facade of Rhodes House, complete with diners. These eight columns support the the top structure which which seemingly only supports the flag pole. What you can’t see here is the dome behind the balustrade.



Above the door this superb carving.

DSCF2246 This is the back gate to Rhodes House. There is a virtual tour to see the whole of the grounds here


Saturday, 19 December 2009

No 1 South Parks Road

This is The Department of Statistics front entrance.

Behind this door all manner of number crunching goes on.


Its a shame that the symmetry of the windows wasn’t thought about in the designing


My first 'portal' is a very modern one. This man has the sky portal over Oxford. From his lofty perch he has a view of hundreds of years of Oxford history, he can see all the spires beneath which all the portals sitDSCF2223